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New Covid-19 local lockdown restrictions on hospitality in Liverpool

Last week the Government announced new nationwide rules, dubbed ‘the rule of six’.  Now, today local restrictions are being introduced in Liverpool and the surrounding areas to control the spread of COVID-19 and slow down the increasing rate of infection.

These additional measures which were anticipated by Liverpool City Council will apply to Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, Halton and St Helens.

They come into effect from from Tuesday 22nd September and will mean the following for hospitality businesses.

  • Food and drink service will be restricted to table service only
  • Operating hours will be limited, venues are required to close between 10pm to 5am

The Government have also advised that the public not mix with people outside their own households in public venues and only use public transport if required for work or school. They’ve also advised everybody to only take holidays within your own household or support bubble and avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We have warned for several weeks now that tougher restrictions would be on the way unless we started to see the number of infections coming under control.

“Any further measures, such as closing venues, would be measures that the city’s economy simply could not afford and would be a devastating blow for individuals and livelihoods.

“It is really important that we all take individual and collective responsibility and follow the advice and guidance being given by medical experts in order to get us through this pandemic together.”

Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said: “These are a series of enhanced public health measures designed to protect our community and if everybody follows them it hopefully will help us avoid the need for further restrictions.

“The most effective thing we can all do is stay two metres away from other people. Outdoors is safer than indoors. Wear a face covering in all shops and businesses and on public transport and properly self-isolate if you have symptoms, and get tested.

“Please only use businesses that are COVID-secure and which look after your health by taking your details for test and trace, enforce social distancing and have good hygiene measures in place.

“We know these measures will be hard, but I cannot stress enough that we are now entering a critical period for the city, with students returning and colder weather on the way which will mean an increase in time spent indoors which is where the virus can thrive, so we all have a responsibility to take actions to minimise the risk of it spreading further.”

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